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brochard
Making moves
Status: In review

Progressive Web apps are an important feature of a browser that Firefox is the only one missing.
For some, it can be the reason to switch to another browser.
In other cases like for the Steamdeck, it's what imposed the choice to only include Chrome in the SteamOS interface.
Other problem even for avid Firefox users, since I wanted Social apps on my pc I had to get them on the Microsoft Store which is an Edge PWA that opens every link in an Edge window, making me use this... other browser.

119 Comments
ultraviolet
Making moves

Would love is implemented in Firefox 

tripplehelix
New member

Have to use chromium for my PWA's currently. Definitely an inconvinience.

decisoft
New member

I hate so much to have Ungoogled Chromium just for WhatsApp Web on my Linux machine, when I could use Firefox to make a PWA. Please, this is such an important feature to not have it.

sfink
Employee
Employee

Is it clear what "PWA support" means? Some pieces of PWA are still available on Firefox. Some aren't. Is there a clear description somewhere of what the PWA umbrella covers and what is or is not important?

Partly I'm wondering because although I voted for this bug, I realized I was only thinking of mobile. Desktop support is far less interesting to me personally (though generally speaking, it seems like it'd be a cool thing to have).

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1719080 leads to a number of links.

My impression is that the desktop feature is a fairly heavy feature to support. https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1602117 was the main bug for this, with https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1602117#c7 providing a list of pieces that were never implemented.

The strongest argument I see for desktop PWAs is for skipping an app store and pinning to the Windows taskbar.

I almost wonder if the best path for desktop would be some form of official support for https://github.com/filips123/PWAsForFirefox — as in, not trying to incorporate that, but adding it to continuous integration and otherwise trying not to break it?

israelfloresdga
Strollin' around

Having to use a Cromium browser to get this functionality is a sad thing as a Firefox user

steel835
Familiar face

Yes, and it would be extra wonderful if they supported cookie containers

Zoldyako
Strollin' around

Please bring PWA back, it is so useful!

Redoxeon
New member

100% this. I'm using chromium for now, but I'd LOVE to use firefox for these. PWA's are especially important to Linux users where PWA developers don't have to make an app specifically for our OS, we can just install the PWA!

Bjones
Strollin' around

For desktop PWA’s, you can use this add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/pwas-for-firefox/

Of course native support would be better, and this addon isn’t a solution for non-dev users given it requires CLI to install, but I suspect it’ll be enough for many people here. I’m using it and it suits my needs once I got past the fiddly setup. 

mooman
New member

Desktop PWA support is the only thing stopping me switching to Firefox.